In the NHL playoffs teams square off in best-of-seven series where tempers are bound to run high. Teams seeing each other night in and night out battling for the biggest prize in the sport are obviously hyped up and the fans that pack sold-out arenas are beyond raucous. Given these circumstances there are understandably a lot of fights and sometimes the fans are treated to bouts you would never see during the postseason.
On Saturday night, the fans in Washington witnessed one such fight that featured two very unlikely combatants in Washington's Tom Poti and Montreal's Scott Gomez. According to HockeyFights.com, neither player had engaged in a fight since the 2003-04 season, when Poti fought Francis Bouillon.
To set the scene, with the Habs up 4-3 about midway through the third, Montreal's Benoit Pouliot charged down the ice and tried to split Washington's defense. Pouliot ended up falling into the net and taking two defenders and goalie Semyon Varlamov with him. As is standard in the NHL, there was a lot of clutching, grabbing, pushing and shoving after the whistle. It looked like everything had calmed down and nothing would come of the situation when out of nowhere Gomez and Poti start going at it.
The best part of this video -- I think -- is when the linesman grabs the pair and takes them down at the end of the fight. That sums up pretty well how this fight went.